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Welcome to this edition of "Bill Campbell's Third District Report," an electronic newsletter keeping you updated about the events taking place in the County of Orange and in the Third District. It is my hope that you find this distribution informative and I would encourage you to contact me regarding any thoughts, comments, or concerns you may have.

bill.campbell@ocgov.com


IN THIS ISSUE...

1. Board Actions

2. 55/405 Interchange Update

3. New Playground Equipment

4. Bat Bridge Update

5. Federal Transportation Funding

6. IUSD Vacancy


OUR STAFF...

Mark Denny
Chief of Staff
Tustin and North Tustin

Patti Gorczyca
Executive Assistant
Anaheim Hills

Heather Baird
Executive Assistant
Brea, Yorba Linda

Christine Joens
Executive Assistant
Irvine, Orange, Orange Park Acres, Villa Park

Robert Zemel
Executive Assistant
Silverado, Santiago, Modjeska, Trabuco Canyons

Renee Chinchilla
Office Manager/Executive Secretary


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December 22, 2004  
Volume: 2 Issue: 48
   
 
BOARD ACTIONS

PLA VOTE- The Board voted 4 to 1 to terminate the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that requires contractors to use union members for County public works construction projects. The Board's action was necessary so that the County can send notification of termination to the unions who are party to the agreement before the PLA automatically renews for another five years. I joined Supervisors Wilson, Norby and Silva in voting in favor of termination because the County should not limit work to union members only, but should promote a competitive bid process open to all qualified bidders. The Board room was filled with union representatives who asked the Board to delay its vote. To view a copy of the PLA, click here.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMP- Staff from the County's Harbors, Beaches & Parks department presented the Board with the easements necessary to allow the Boy Scouts of America to access land it received as a donation from the Irvine Company for the creation of an outdoor education camp. The camp will be a place where youth can learn about the outdoors, camping and Orange County's agricultural and mining history. The Boy Scouts, who will own and operate the camp, will host children from the YMCA of Orange County, the Girl Scouts of Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education's "Inside the Outdoors" program.

I was very pleased to support these agreements. I also thanked the Irvine Company for their donation of the land and assistance with the entitlement process. Their investment will pay dividends to Orange County for generations.

ANAHEIM COUNTY ISLAND ANNEXATION- The Board of Supervisors approved a Tax Transfer Agreement with the City of Anaheim for the unincorporated area known as the "Garza Strip," which is a 485-acre "County island" with 8,000 residents bounded roughly by Brookhurst, Katella, Broadway, and Gilbert. The agreement is a necessary step toward the annexation of this area by Anaheim. Mayor Curt Pringle spoke in support of the annexation.

CANADIAN DRUGS- Supervisor Smith asked the Board to approve a proposal which would have directed County staff to prepare a Request For Proposal (RFP) find a way to allow County employees and retirees to refill their existing prescription drugs by importing them from Canada at a lower cost. I substituted his motion, which would still keep our staff studying Canadian drug imports and have our Washington, DC legislative advocate see if there was a way to do it legally. The Board voted 4 to 1 in support my proposal. I opposed Chuck Smith's proposal because it is illegal to import those drugs. I do not believe it is appropriate for a public agency to violate federal law, but I do support the concept, should the federal government change its position. I am dissatisfied that U.S. citizens have to pay more than Canadians for the same patent drug.

UCI CONTRACT- The Board approved an agreement with the University of California, Irvine for UCI to continue providing consultation services to assist the Adult Protective Services (APS) staff in assessing cases of alleged elder and dependent adult abuse. Specifically, the UCI Medical Center has committed to providing a team consisting of geriatricians, psychologists, and other appropriate specialties to examine and review medical records, video tapes, and photographs from alleged abuse cases in order to determine if abuse has taken place.

SHERIFF TRAINING- The Board approved an agreement between the Sheriff's Department and the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Under the agreement, the college district will provide law enforcement training to prospective Sheriff's deputies. Training will take place at Santa Ana College, the Sheriff's Training Center in Orange and at other District-owned facilities.

CHUCK SMITH'S RETIREMENT- This Tuesday's Board meeting was Supervisor Chuck Smith's last meeting. After twenty years of public service, Supervisor Smith is retiring to spend more time with his wife and family. The Board presented Supervisor Smith with a resolution honoring his service to the Orange County community.

55/405 INTERCHANGE UPDATE

I toured the northbound HOV flyover from the 405 to the 55 with Caltrans and OCTA personnel. The holes that were cut into the lane to provide access to repair the structure have all been repaired. This lane will open by December 31, 2004. The southbound 55 to the southbound 405 HOV flyover will open by January 31, 2005. The work on the southbound 55 to the southbound connector will also be completed by January 31, 2005. The remaining connectors will be completed by February 28, 2005. To view pictures, click here.

NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

I am pleased to report that O'Neill Regional Park has new playground equipment to replace deteriorated wooden playground structures that were originally built in 1984. The new equipment features two structures, one for children ages 2-5 years and the other for children ages 5-12 years. The new structures are designed to last longer than the previous structures and feature educational panels with information on native plants and animals. This project was funded by a state grant of Prop. 12 funds to comply with state safety standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. To view pictures, click here.

BAT BRIDGE UPDATE

On Monday I met with County staff to discuss the status of the County's efforts to take ownership of the Hicks Haul Road Bridge (the Bat Bridge) over Santiago Canyon Road. Staff has determined that it will be necessary to seismically upgrade the bridge. The bridge was originally built to Caltrans standards for temporary (10-year) bridges. In this case, it was built to withstand an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. Caltrans' standard for a long-term bridge is for reinforcement to protect against a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Vulcan Materials, who built and currently own the bridge, will pay the County $100,000 toward the upgrades. The County will pursue state and federal grants for the remainder and will schedule the improvements to occur within the County Road Fund's capital projects budget.

FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

I received a letter from Congressman Chris Cox detailing the transportation appropriations which he was able to negotiate for Orange County. The county will receive $2,000,000 to study a tunnel connecting Orange and Riverside Counties, $1,500,000 for widening the I-405, and $500,000 to work on the I-5 South HOV lane. I appreciate Congressman Cox's efforts on behalf of Orange County taxpayers.

IUSD VACANCY

Irvine Unified School District's (IUSD) Board of Education has announced its intention to appoint a replacement for the Board seat vacated by Irvine Councilman Steven Choi. The Board is accepting applications from those interested. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 7 at 5:00 pm. To view the application, click here.

CONGRATULATONS- Congratulations to Jim and Helen Curran of North Tustin who became citizens of the United States this past Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum. 8,500 people from 55 nations also became citizens

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION- I presented a proclamation to outgoing Villa Park City Councilmember Bill MacAloney at the Villa Park Dry Boat Parade reception. To see reception picture, click here. To see pictures of the Boat Parade, click here.

I presented a resolution to Dick Hunsaker honoring his retirement from Hunsaker and Associates.

DISTRICT CONTACTS- I met with LAFCO Executive Director, Joyce Crosswaithe, to discuss annexation plans for the Tonner Hills development in Brea.

I met with County Internal Auditor Peter Hughes to discuss County issues.

I met with OCTA Chairman Greg Winterbottom and OCTA CEO Art Leahy to discuss the 2005 goals and priorities for OCTA. I met Will Kempton the new director of Caltrans at an OCTA reception.

I participated in discussions regarding the funding of the revenue shortfalls of SJHTCA by F/ETCA. More discussions will occur next early year.

UPCOMING EVENTS- OCTA PUBLIC MEMBERS- The Orange County Transportation Authority announced that it is seeking applicants for the two public member seats on the OCTA Board of Directors. Interested applicants must be residents of Orange County who are not serving currently and have not served within the last four years as an elected official of a city, county, agency or special district within Orange County. For more information, click here.

METROLINK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY- Metrolink will be offering a 25% discount on ticket prices and free transfers to the Metro Gold Line on New Year's Day. You may want to consider using Metrolink if you wish to attend the Rose Parade. Taking Metrolink from Orange County to the Los Angeles Union Station and then transferring to the Gold Line will allow travelers go to the Rose Parade with less hassle. For more information, click here.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS- The Board of Supervisors will not convene until January 3, 2005 and this Newsletter will not be published again until January 6, 2004. Supervisor-elect Lou Correa and I will be sworn in for our new terms of office at 9:00 am on Monday, January 3. The public is invited to attend the swearing in ceremony in the Board room of the County Hall of Administration.

Have a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy and Peaceful New Year!

It is a pleasure to serve the constituents of the Third District.

Please pray for our armed forces and our foreign services personnel.